Funny Flatmate Stories

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As I mentioned yesterday, my flatmate Z moved out. She had told me more than a month ago she would be leaving and well, I’d started looking for new flatmates. I’ve been doing this for a while now. 5 years on the ‘Looking for a flatmate’ and prior to that, ‘Looking for accommodation’. In this time, I’ve come across some funny ads and some weird people. And I’ve lived with some weirdos too. I thought I’d share some of my funny flatmate stories —both ads and experiences — for some laughs:

1. Free accommodation: I remember when I was looking for accommodation back in 2009, I came across an ad that said something along these lines

“Free accommodation available in one-bedroom apartment. Close to beach, public transport and shops. Looking for a female to share with one mature male.”

Umm, free my ass!

2. Crazy religious flatmate: I’ve spoken about my flatmate L previously. She was the one who introduced herself with her religion. Which I have since learnt to take as a major WARNING SIGN! I was naive back then. I have no issues if people want to be religious but there’s a point when you start to wonder if it is a cult more than a religion…

3. Opera singers: My flatmate M was quite all right in many ways but there was one hobby she had — she was an opera singer at a local community group. Which is great for her. But it also meant she had to practise. I had friends over one night for board games and all of a sudden without warning around 8 pm or so, M broke into opera practice in her room startling my friends who didn’t know whether to laugh or not. In M‘s defence, she was a good singer. It was just amusing though!

4. Crazy cat people: Surprisingly, it’s not me. This time around when I was looking, I had one guy contact me saying he loved cats. His profile was pretty much about how much he loved cats. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and had him come to view the place when Z was around. {I made sure she was home!}. He came in, introduced himself and then pretty much launched himself at my cats who come to the door most times. He freaked out poor Pebbles and managed to even get Buttons annoyed. And Buttons usually loves everyone — he rolls over for tradies to scratch his stomach! There were other things about this guy that put me off too and I just didn’t feel comfortable with him. He apparently would be spending a lot of time at home due to studying via correspondence and thought that was a selling point in terms of spending time with the cats. Umm…no, thank you!


5. Dating, not house-sharing: Usually when you advertise that you have a place available for sharing, you put up photos of the accommodation — you know, the room, the lounge room and bits and pieces like that. Sometimes, people who are looking for accommodation tend to have their photos up so the person can get an idea I suppose. Anyway, this time around, I contacted a few people and one guy replied back to me asking me for my Facebook or LinkedIn profile and that he would send me his in return. I was a bit suss as to why he wanted it and figured I’d send my LinkedIn thinking he might want to see if I’m a professional {as he was one}. Turns out, if you are not my connection on LinkedIn, you don’t see my photo. He replied back with this:

Sorry to be difficult, could you please send a picture. A bit straight forward of me asking but I don’t want to waste your time viewing the room if we are not of some simalarity. Hope that is not too offensive 🙂

I lost my shit. I couldn’t tell if he was implying a culture clash or if he thought he was on a dating website. Either way, I figured I wasn’t interested. I replied back saying I wasn’t keen on pursuing this further and that you couldn’t tell if someone is ‘similar’ to you unless and until you meet them!

I have had a lot more weird flatmates. Like the crazy bitch during my final year at uni who threatened to delete my assignment for no reason and who later punched her partner in the face after a fight or the neat freak pilot dude who didn’t like me leaving a coffee cup in the sink in the morning.

Honestly, I could write a book on them!

Have you had any funny or weird house-sharing experiences?

Do share!!

***Linking with Emily and Vanessa for Laugh Linkup and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,


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  • Hugzilla
    28 July 2014 at 9:06 am

    OMG TO THE GUY ASKING FOR A PHOTO!!! Wow. I’ve been fairly blessed with housemates over the years, which makes me think that I was the annoying one. I can’t cook to save myself, back then I was pathologically averse to washing dishes and I often brought home unusual “dates”… Errrr, yeah.
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  • Hugzilla
    28 July 2014 at 9:06 am

    OMG TO THE GUY ASKING FOR A PHOTO!!! Wow. I’ve been fairly blessed with housemates over the years, which makes me think that I was the annoying one. I can’t cook to save myself, back then I was pathologically averse to washing dishes and I often brought home unusual “dates”… Errrr, yeah.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 July 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Lol…you just *might* have been the annoying one…but hey, at least you weren’t psycho! 😀 And the guy asking for a photo — I was tempted to ask him if he thought he was on RSVP instead of! 😛

  • Deborah
    28 July 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’ve got a half-written post about the ‘group house from hell’ I lived in as an adult when overseas. (It was for security purposes but 9 or so adults living in one space… not pretty).

    Fortunately almost all of the people I shared with back in the day were also friends. Once however when living with 2 girlfriends we decided to get a male tenant to move into a self-contained space under our house. He was a bit strange and I still give my friends a hard time for selecting him.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 July 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Oh wow…9 adults in one space! That’s a lot! Max I’ve done is shared with 3 others. Good to hear though that the rest of your experiences haven’t been too bad and have been with friends. Unfortunately for me, all my friends still live at home and if not, they are married!

  • Robin
    28 July 2014 at 10:48 am

    Roommates, housemates and just house guests in general can be a source of amusement for sure.
    I learned the hard way that I can be anti-social. I’m a private person, almost painfully so sometimes.
    I lived at a women’s shelter for a time and my roommate was super social! Our room became Grand Central Station!
    I like people, love them in fact, but it doesn’t take me long to have my fill of them when the door to your room might as well be a revolving door instead of one with a lock on it
    People who are far too different from each other should NEVER share common spaces! lol. Someone who’s a neat-nik should never share a kitchen or bathroom with someone who only cares that they have a clean pot to cook their mac and cheese in and a spoon to eat it with. Arguments and name calling will ensue when the slob doesn’t do their dishes for a week which results in said dishes being put in a box in front of the slob’s door as a strong hint that that particular behavior is not acceptable.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 July 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Oh definitely…I have lived with slobs and super-clean freaks. I am neat and tidy but not crazy about it. And I so get what you mean by being private — I used to be extremely private until my last housemate managed to bring me completely and utterly out of my shell. I’ve never been so open with anyone before! 😛

  • Surely Sarah
    28 July 2014 at 11:28 am

    Wow, you certainly do have some good stories! I’ve had the religious flatmate, luckily she wasn’t a fundy so it mostly meant she was out doing churchy stuff a lot. And no drinking and carrying on, bonus!
    I’ve also had the weird obsessive (who pretty much decided we were besties and would text me ten times a day).
    There certainly are some odd folk out there, but guaranteed there will usually be one roommate whose habits rub you up the wrong way!

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 July 2014 at 5:15 am

      Haha…ooh the obsessive one could have gotten dangerous. I knew someone whose female flatmate turned out to be a stalker

  • Sarah from Creating Contentment
    28 July 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I loved my house sharing days. You’re right, there is so much room for funny stories as different people meet up.
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  • Aroha
    28 July 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, these stories make my old roommates all look fantastic! I don’t really have ANY stories to compare to these! They all make for good stories and blog fodder though, so that is a bonus 🙂 !
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 July 2014 at 5:17 am

      Haha…totally agree they make good blog fodder. My last housemate was great and I blogged the least about her…

  • PeeVee™
    28 July 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Woah, pretty comprehensive list, that..
    Creepy catman sounds very very iffy, thank God he’s out of the picture…
    Overly religious roommates, stay faaaar away :O

    I wish I lived somewhere there, I would have love to catsit Pebbles and Buttons for you :/

    I’ve written a whole post about my crazy ex-roomates and I’m just glad that phase of my life is over 😀
    Sometimes I wonder if it is me, if I am the nutty one who is not capable of getting along with people, but I’d rather not experiment one more time and get burned for the nth time.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      2 August 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Oh you cat-sitting would be awesome! 🙂 I remember reading that post of yours…can’t remember if I commented though. For me, if I could afford it, I’d probably live by myself but having a housemate helps me pay the mortgage and have a life! 😀

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    28 July 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Haha wow you definitely have some great stories! I moved out of home when I was 19 but have always lived with my now hubby so haven’t had to do the whole flat mate thing! It would certainly make things interesting I’m sure!! xx

  • Suzy
    28 July 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Your stories would make an extremely interesting book. I’ve never flatted on my own but I know my daughter has had some very weird flatmates. In the end she decided she was going to flat alone. Now of course she lives with her partner. He’s nice.
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  • Alison
    28 July 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Phwoar, you’ve had some good housemates (and potential housemates) there!
    I’ve only had two… interesting… experiences. The first was moving in with a friend (who was also an ex). Big mistake! He got insanely jealous of my new partner, got drunk and tried to convince me to be with him after my new partner went home. I kicked him out of the apartment the next day.
    The second was more funny than frightening, I had a housemate that would spend hours on the toilet, and all your could hear was incredibly loud bowel noises followed by 5 minutes squeaking from the toilet roll holder as he keep tugging on the toilet paper. We went through a large box of toilet paper every week.
    Now I live with my husband, and while we’ve discussed renting out our spare room to someone in the past to make use of the room… we’re much happier on our own!

  • Vanessa
    28 July 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I deliberately have never done the share house thing. I like my space! I couldn’t cope with roommates.
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  • Sulekha
    28 July 2014 at 9:30 pm

    You should write a book about your funny flatmates. Your stories made me laugh so much 🙂

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    28 July 2014 at 9:46 pm

    You MUST write a book, or short stories on this – it would be hilarious! That one about sending a photo, creepy much! SO glad I no longer have to share with peeps I don’t know, I’ve had years of it! Thanks for linking lovely x
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  • Sheridan Anne
    28 July 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Haha, I love how photo guy was trying to be “subtle” by asking for your Facebook or LinkedIn.
    Oops, that backfired, I better just outright ask for a photo. Let’s just hope that isn’t too offensive… I’ll add a smiley face. That’ll work!
    Oh my goodness, that is just too funny. I would love to read your book of funny flatmate stories!
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  • Alicia
    28 July 2014 at 10:08 pm

    There are a lot of ‘different’ people out there, and some plain rude. Glad I haven’t experienced the shared house thing, but there are some funny stories that come from it it seems 🙂
    I lived with my sister a couple, well a few times, and it seemed like a railway station at times!
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  • Bexy
    28 July 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Omg I think between us we could probably fill an old school encyclopedia shelf! I have so many stories but one who stands out was a creepy guy who raided my underwear drawer when I was out one day and when I got home he blamed an imaginary electrician who had come in to fix some imaginary thing! I moved out the next day.
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  • Shailaja V
    29 July 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Ha ha ha, sorry, but your stories are hilarious 😉 On another note, hope you find a good flatmate soon 😉
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      2 August 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Go ahead and laugh…you’ve got to. I do too…else life becomes too miserable! 😛 I’ve found another flatmate who will slowly start moving her stuff in from tomorrow and then move in next weekend. So far she seems nice but you only truly know a person when you live with them!

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    29 July 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I had some doozies of flatmates in my time. What annoyed me most was that when life got rough (they quit their job, got pregnant to the next door neighbour – yes SERIOUSLY!) they could all go back “home” to their folk/s. Because of my fractured family situation that was never an option for me 🙁 .

    But enough of the pity party – have to say the hubster is the best darn flatmate I’ve ever had! (And at least he didn’t get pregnant to the next door neighbour LOL)
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      1 August 2014 at 9:22 am

      Oh I hear you Janet…I couldn’t go back home either because home was a different country. There were times when I lasted a month in a place living out of boxes because I didn’t feel comfortable. Glad that you have a great ‘flatmate’ now though! 😀

  • Mark
    30 July 2014 at 12:57 pm

    My worst flatmate would get drunk, light the BBQ by throwing a cupful of Kero onto heat beads and then light it with a blow touch. Lovely bloke normally but some days you’d just shake your head.
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  • Fab
    30 July 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Ha ha, you should compile all the funny/freaky incidents into a book!! But you have to admit, flatmates teach us a lot of lessons, the weirder, the better!!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      1 August 2014 at 9:18 am

      Oh I agree Fab…and they always give you blog fodder when they are strange! Just not great to go home to… 😀

  • Rajlakshmi
    30 July 2014 at 11:04 pm

    woaaa that’s quite an experience. I don’t think I would be able to handle any of that.,,, would rather live alone 😛 hope you find a nice quiet roomie soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      1 August 2014 at 9:17 am

      It’s funny…I do enjoy living alone but with the right flatmate it can actually be quite enjoyable. Don’t want too quiet a flatmate either because I’d like someone to communicate with! 🙂

  • Zita
    31 July 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I had a flatmate who used to sit on the couch and watch while I exercised.. That was awkward!
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  • Peter
    29 May 2015 at 11:48 pm

    LOL Great post. It remind me a flatmate that I had that walked in his sleep. Was frecking scaring!